Whenever we’re headed to a birthday party, Geppetto’s is the first place we go. We walk in, ask for guidance (if necessary), purchase, have it gift-wrapped (for free) and then head out the door in sometimes less than 10 minutes. The other aspect I like is if the gift doesn’t work out for whatever reason, it can be brought back to Geppetto’s as an exchange. No need for a gift receipt–the Geppetto’s tag on the back is all they need.
If you aren’t sure what to buy the kid in your life this holiday season, have a look at this list below.
About Geppetto’s Top Toys For 2012
Geppetto’s “Top Toys For 2012″ focus heavily on choices that encourage imaginative play, multi-generational interaction and creativity.
I personally hand pick each and every toy in our stores and am always looking for the most inventive and quality products. Top toy choices this year are centered around creativity and color, encouraging kids to truly design their own world.”
–Brian Miller, owner of Geppetto’s Toys
For Arts and Crafts Lovers
1. Loop De Doo Kit ($34.99) – Make totally twisted friendship bracelets! Loop De Doo is a new spinning tool that makes fabulous twisted friendship bracelets, necklaces, anklets and more – in minutes! Includes cool threads and instructions. Fast and fun. (ages 8 and up)
2. Duct Tape Party ($29.99) – Duct, duct, COOL! Duct Tape Party gives you everything you need to make jewelry bags, headbands, belts and more. You will get 12 colors of duct tape (108 feet total) plus ready-to-decorate accessories, tools, templates and stencils. It is easy! Just rip, wrap and wear! (ages 7 and up)
For Little Ones That Like to Build and Create
3. LEGO Friends ($6.99 & up–pictured above) – A whole new LEGO world! LEGO® Friends Olivia, Emma, Andrea, Mia and Stephanie live in Heartlake City. You can dress them up, buy accessories, play online games and have all sorts of adventures! (ages 5 and up)
4. Q-BA-MAZE Big Box ($39.99) – Make ultimate marble runs! Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 Big Box has a unique cube design and sliding side connectors to create marble mazes in surprising shapes, from flowers and fish to abstract designs. Double exit cubes and no-dead-end design adds excitement and wonder. Sets include vibrant cubes, steel marbles and instructions. (ages 5 and up)
For The Littlest Ones
5. Tranquil Turtle ($49.99) – Sleep comes easily with the soothing lights and sounds of Tranquil Turtle. He projects a gentle, underwater glow on the wall and ceiling and plays two tranquil melodies. Includes adoption certificate and endangered sea animals guide. Also has brightness control and automatic shut off. 3 AA batteries included. (all ages)
For Game Lovers and Kids on the Go
6. Speed Stacks StackPack ($17.99 – $34.99) – Now THIS is STACKtacular! High-speed sport stacking is an individual and team sport kids (and adults!) play all over the world! Speed Stacks StackPack includes performance-designed cups for up and down stacking in specific patterns. Includes STACKit mat and timer, training DVD and 12 cups . Ready, set, STACK! (ages 5 and up)
7. Spontuneous Game ($24.99) – Remember how one word can trigger a song in your head? Spontuneous turns that idea into an interactive party! Players write trigger words and then try to sing a song with them. Every game is hilarious and totally different. 30-45 minutes. 4-10 players. (ages 9 and up)
8. Y Pewi ($59.99) – Sleek, stylish and innovative, the Y Pewi is a walker/bike designed to help wee ones master balance, coordination and space awareness. Four swivel castor wheels ensure a quiet, smooth ride that is suitable for indoor and outdoor play. Holds up to 44 lbs. Seat height 11″. (ages 9 – 36 months)
All of the “Top Toys For 2012,” along with thousands of other choices for holiday shoppers, are available at Geppetto’s eight locations:
Carlsbad, The Forum: 1935 Calle Barcelona — 760-632-1107
Del Mar – Flower Hill Promenade: 2670 Via de la Valle — 858-755-2100
4S Commons Town Center: 10436 Craftsman Way — 858-674-9990
Del Mar Highlands/Carmel Valley: 3435 Del Mar Heights — 858-350-9038
La Jolla: 7850 Girard Ave — 858-456-4441
Fashion Valley Mall: 7007 Friars Road — 619-294-8878
Old Town: 2754 Calhoun St. — 619 293-7520
Otay Ranch Town Center, Chula Vista: 2015 Birch Road — 619-216-3471
Founded in 1976 as a single store and grown to eight locations in San Diego County since the Miller family acquired the company in 1992, Geppetto’s offers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Mixing high quality hand-picked playthings from around the world with exceptional customer service, toy experts at every location and complimentary gift wrap with each purchase, Geppetto’s stores are like no other. A dedicated member of the San Diego community, Geppetto’s donates toys to hundreds of organizations each year, including schools and social service agencies throughout the region.